Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent - OPTIONAL

Vincent, Rachel Brave New Girl (Brave New Girl, #1), 254 pgs.  Delacorte Press, 2017.  $17.99  Content: Language: PG-13 (15 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG-13. 

Dahlia 16 has been raised by a government system to become a gardener.  She is one of 5,000 girls who look exactly the same and perform manual labor for their city.  When Dahlia 16 is called to the administrator’s office and asked if she would like to become a teacher, she ends up trapped inside an elevator for an hour with a boy named Trigger 17.  Although it is against all rules to communicate with someone from another sector, they begin a friendship that will get them in all kinds of trouble and make them question their world.  

The dystopian idea of this book is very similar to Divergent and the concept isn’t new.  The characters are likable and the story is interesting so if your students love the dystopian genre this is a good addition.  The ending is not satisfying and completely open, but it is the beginning of a series.  The violence is reference to the mass murder of almost 5,000 girls.  It isn’t graphic or descriptive, but it is upsetting.  Other than that it’s clean.  

MS, HS – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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